The water treatment plant in Sundarijal which supplies drinking water to the Kathmandu Valley is in a dilapidated condition.
The plant constructed 48 years ago is one of the key treatment plans of the Kathmandu Upatyaka Khanepani Limited (KUKL) and repair works have been rare.
The treatment plant is said to process 21 million liters of water on a daily basis before distribution.
“The treatment plan has worn out and is on the verge of collapse,” says Basanta Pal, chief of KUKL.
“Two iron pipes of 20 inches in diameter which are used to feed water to the treatment plant from Sundarijal are corroded and leak at different points. The big valves are deteriorated too,” says Milan Kumar Shakya, spokesperson of KUKL.